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Morello Pumped for 'Palooza

Audioslave, Jane's, Queens come to a town near you

March 17, 2003 12:00 PM ET

After a five-year hiatus, the multi-stage music festival Lollapalooza will travel to thirty-three North American cities this summer, starting July 3rd in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Headlined by Jane's Addiction, Audioslave, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus, Jurassic 5 and the Donnas, the roving rock fest is now scheduled to wrap up August 30th in Syracuse, New York.

Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello, a veteran of Lollapalooza with Rage Against the Machine, promises the tour hasn't lost its progressive, activist bent. "When Lollapalooza first emerged, it was probably the most important tour to ever trek across the United States," he says. "Today's current musical climate is really hurting, I think it's very important for Lollapalooza to reestablish itself as the tour."

According to Morello, a booth from his newly formed Axis of Justice group will to sit alongside one for Perry Farrell's pet cause, alternative fuel, at tour stops.

Farrell, Jane's Addiction frontman and the mastermind behind Lollapalooza 1995 debut, explained his decision to resurrect the tour with a surfing analogy: "It's never a bad idea to take a rest and wait for the perfect wave. With the music industry, the bands that were out there and our availability, it just seemed like this was the perfect wave."

2003 Lollapalooza tour dates:

7/3: Grand Rapids, MI, Ionia County Fairgrounds
7/4: Indianapolis, IN, Verizon Wireless Music Center
7/6: Minneapolis, Target Center
7/8: Kansas City, MO, Sandstone Amphitheater
7/9: St. Louis, Riverport Amphitheater
7/11: Milwaukee, Marcus Amphitheater
7/12: Chicago, New World Music Theater
7/13: Columbus, OH, Polaris Amphitheater
7/16: Cincinnati, Riverbend Music Center
7/18: Detroit, DTE Energy Music Theater
7/19: Pittsburgh, Post-Gazette Pavilion
7/20: Cleveland, Blossom Music Center
7/23: Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/25: Boston, Great Woods Amphitheater
7/27: Philadelphia, E-Centre
7/30: Virginia Beach, VA, GTE Amphitheater
8/1: Washington, DC, Nissan Pavilion
8/2: Raleigh, NC, ALLTEL Pavilion
8/3: Atlanta, Hi Fi Buys Amphitheater
8/5: West Palm Beach, FL, MARS Music Amphitheater
8/8: Dallas, Smirnoff Music Centre
8/9: San Antonio, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/10: Houston, Cynthia W Mitchell Pavilion
8/13: Denver, Fiddlers Green Amphitheater
8/15: Phoenix, Cricket Pavilion
8/16: Los Angeles, Glen Helen
8/17: San Diego, Coors Amphitheater
8/19: San Francisco, Shoreline Amphitheater
8/21: Salt Lake City, USANA Amphitheater
8/23: Seattle, White River Amphitheater
8/27: Hershey, PA, Hershey Stadium
8/28: New York, Randall's Island
8/30: Syracuse, NY, Vernon Down's Raceway

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